Monday, February 08, 2010

Is this Edison, or Carlson?

A post on californiastemcellreport includes the following description of an individual:

“He has a capacity to see things in innovative ways and to get people to work together to do things. He’s really a consensus builder. Sometimes that can be waffly, but his capacity to have a strong vision and bring people along to share in it, rather than impose it on them, is what characterizes him.”

One thinks of Edison, and Tesla. One also thinks of Chester Carlson, who told IBM and Kodak what would be, but they were not listening.

Does one who innovates (ie, change the way we live) build consensus, or show a better way?


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